90 Days

While working under the management of Zerocrat you earn reputation points, according to the §18 of the Policy. Each successful task completion gives you as many points as big is the budget of the task. Say, the budget is 30 minutes. You get +30 points to your reputation when it’s closed. However, the points will fade out in 90 days. Let me explain the logic behind this rule.

Other systems, like StackOverflow for example, don’t do that. If/when you earn something there, it stays with you forever. For example, my reputation in StackOverflow is over 50K at the moment. The majority of questions and answers that give me that score were posted at least two years ago. Most of them were posted in 2011-2012, which is over 6 years ago.

Is it fair?

Look at this guy: Pascal Thivent. His reputation at the moment is over 450K. He posted his last answer in December 2010. When I was receiving answers from him in 2010, his reputation was a bit over 100K. This means that he earned +350% by doing … nothing.

Is it fair?

Maybe it is in case of StackOverflow, but in Zerocracy we value programmers by the contribution they make at the particular moment, not years ago. If you were a good programmer (highly effective, closing many tasks and reporting many bugs) a year ago, but stopped working later—you are not a “good” programmer anymore.

You have to “prove” your reputation if you want to keep it.

That’s why we take into account only the points you’ve managed to earn over the last 90 days. Everything that happened earlier is not taken into account.

Why 90? There is no particular reason. It’s just a number.

If you think it should be a different number, please suggest your arguments and we will think about it. You can even contribute with a pull request to our policy.